Women's Shoes

Women’s shoes were similar to men’s in most respects. The shape was very comparable to men’s, with slightly higher heels. Royal women did not wear the red heel like their male counterparts. For court dress, the slippers worn by women were very similar to those worn by men. There is evidence that light binding of waxed linen tape was used to make the feet smaller.

The common shoe of the populace resembled the man’s shoe of heavy black leather with medium heels and latchets tied over the tongue. For dress, common women wore slippers similar to the dainty shoe of the aristocrat, but made of wood.

Women were also making use of the wooden patten and the pantoffle to protect their shoes. This practice was carried over to the New World as well. The high chopine was also still used, though not as in vogue as in previous times.